Kiribati

Flag of Kiribati

 

Kiribati on World Map

Continent – Australasia

Region – Micronesia

Size – 811 km²

Geography – low-lying coral atolls surrounded by extensive reefs

Language – Kiribati and English are official languages

Religion – Roman Catholic 55.8%, Presbyterian 33.5%, Mormon 4.7%, Baha’i 2.3%, 7th day adventists 2%, other 1.7%

Monetary Unit – Australian dollar, Kiribati dollar

    

Natural Resources – phosphate

Agriculture – copra, taro, breadfruit, sweet potatoes, vegetables; fish

Industry – fishing, handicrafts

Map of Kiribati

Neighbouring Countries – none collection of atolls

Population –  104,488 (2014 estimate)

Population Growth Rate – 1.18%

Average Life Expectancy – 65.47

Capital City – Tarawa (44,000)

Highest Mountain – No mountains

Longest River – None

Climate – Tropical – Hot all year 22°C to 28°C, temperature reduced due to trade winds

Yearly Rainfall – 90 cm (approx)

Plant Life – babai, coconut palms, breadfruit, bananas, yams, arrowroot, lemons, and sugarcane

Animal Life – no native animals. Those that have been introduced or found their way to Kiribati include lizards, snakes, and geckos

Marine Life – dolphins and whales, surgeonfish, clownfish, sailfish, puffer fish, butterfly fish, grouper, barracuda, tuna, snapper, bonefish, mackerel, marlin, mahi-mahi, shrimp, krill, crab, seahorses, manta rays, sharks, jellyfish, starfish, sea urchins

Bird Life – frigatebirds, doves, parrots, ducks, heron, terns, warblers, pigeons, and cuckoos

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Kiribati. Available: http://www.naturalhistoryonthenet.com/Facts_Figures/Country_Facts/kiribati.htm. Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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